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2021 as the international year for the elimination of child labor, the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) joins the International Labour Organization (ILO) to intensify the calls for action in fighting child labor.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the BWSC, as one of the lead agencies in providing programs and services to transform the lives of identified child laborers, commits to withdraw 630,000 child laborers by 2022.

As of this writing, the DOLE already profiled 266,873 child laborers, of which, 261,132 have been referred for necessary services.

To further strengthen its commitment, the BWSC calls on local musicians to join its goal of child labor-free Philippines through Music Against Child Labour Competition (MACLC) by the ILO.

The competition aims to showcase the power of music to raise awareness on child labor, especially during this time of pandemic.

The MACLC is open for both professional and amateur musicians, and for all genres. It has three categories: grassroot, global, and clear cotton which are accessible for children or youth groups, organizations, schools, non-formal education programs, children affected or at risk of child labor, and musicians of all formations, both professional and amateur, of any age, respectively.

For more information, interested participants may go to


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